It didn’t take long for the MMA community to start weighing in with opinions once news broke yesterday regarding Strikeforce featherweight champion Cristiane Santos’ testing positive for PED use prior to her December bout against Hiroko Yamanaka. And, as might be expected, her employers were among the group with something to say.
CEO Scott Coker released an official statement on the matter where he remained relatively neutral, not expressing any disappointment per say but rather focusing on the legal process and the organization’s willingness to work with the CSAC to come to a resolution.
“Strikeforce has not seen the test results regarding Ms. Santos,” wrote Coker. “However, we have a consistent and strong stance against any use of performance-enhancing drugs. We also have a long history of supporting effective drug testing of athletes by authorized regulatory bodies. Therefore, we will closely monitor the matter and will work with the California State Athletic Commission regarding any information we may be asked to provide. We also recognize that Ms. Santos has administrative process rights under California law and we hope that she is not prejudged before she has the opportunity to exercise such rights.”
However, UFC President Dana White had a different take altogether and one that more or less spelled doom for 145-pound female fighters in Strikeforce.
“We were going to hold that division and just do fights with Cyborg whenever there was a new contender,” said White on ESPN Radio. “She’s getting stripped of the title. This pretty much kills the division.”
Santos herself has not commented on the matter publicly to explain her actions or dispute the CSAC’s findings. Currently she is subject to a year-long suspension and $2500 fine.
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